Johnny Depp may be embroiled in a tension-filled divorce from Amber Heard, but he was able to scoop up millions of dollars that will probably help with his legal bills at a Christie's auction yesterday. According to Page Six, the actor sold two paintings by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat for a total of $11.5 million as part of a Christie's 250th anniversary sale.
Jean-Michel Basquiat's Pork, 1981, sold for 5,122,500 pounds.
The artworks proved to be extremely smart investments for Depp, who Artnet reports was an early fan of Basquiat. He purchased a 1981 self-portrait of the artist in 2001 for $578,000. It sold for $4.7 million. Depp's second Basquiat, "Pork," was also painted in 1981. It fetched $6.8 million at the gavel.
Depp is auctioning off eight pieces of his Basquiat collection in total. They can be viewed on the Christie's Web site.
Meanwhile, Depp obliquely addressed the drama in his personal life during his first public interview since the divorce announcement. He appeared on L.A.'s 95.5 KLOS Jonesy's Jukebox on Monday with his band, the Hollywood Vampires, and discussed the downside to being a celebrity. "The drag is all the hoopla that happens. I like the process of it . . . I don't wanna be a product."